If you owned a Sega Master System (SMS) rather than a Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) back in the late 80′s, you missed out on The Legend of Zelda but got what one retro-gaming site called “possibly the first Zelda knock-off”. The game was well recieved upon release, getting solid scores, but always living in the shadow of Link. Later in the console’s life, the SMS got ‘Golden Axe’ and Golvellius was lost to the annals of time … UNTIL NOW!!
DOTEmu and D4 Enterprise have teamed up to bring the Sega Master System classic to the iTunes App Store this August! From the press release:
“Golvellius is a wonderful addition to our license portfolio and we are pleased to bring Golvellius to the iPhone and iPod Touch for a great retrogaming experience,” said Xavier Liard, co-founder and CEO of DotEmu.
Originally published in 1987 by Compile Golvellius: Valley of Doom was the Sega Master System’s answer to The Legend of Zelda for being one of the best adventure games of the console. Back then, it was recognized for its magnificent graphics and its deep story. Most anticipated retro game of this summer; Golvellius on iPhone benefits from a great attention on the control schemes, the ability to play it on full screen and a smart saving functionality.
Personally I have thoroughly enjoyed games that I never played coming to the iTunes App Store, such as the great Sega CD RPG Vay, so I am very much looking forward to this one.
Some other review thoughts on the original:
Though it has its faults, Golvellius is an entertaining title and I’d definitely play it again in the future. I was half tempted to start it over after I beat it for some strange reason. With an excellent ending sequence and tons of areas to investigate, this is one game you’ll play more than once. In addition, look to be playing this for at least three weeks. Keep in mind I managed around that playing about an hour a day with a map to see where I needed to go, without it could easily lead you to be playing this one for a few months, which is great for this kind of game. High marks in this category.
From A NES vs. SMS Comparison:
. Golvellius was possibly the first Zelda knock-off. The graphics are a bit more detailed and the action faster. It also contains side-scrolling dungeons like Zelda II.